A woman named Vicki once
knew a young person at church named Susan. Susan
always seemed effervescent and happy, although Vicki knew she had faced
struggles in her life. Her long-awaited marriage had quickly ended in
divorce. She had struggled to get a grip on her single life. She hadn't
chosen it, but she decided she would live it with utmost enjoyment and
Susan was active in Sunday school, in the choir, as a leader of the junior
high girls' group, and in the church renewal movement. Vicki enjoyed
knowing Susan. Susan's whole face seemed to smile.
One day Vicki asked Susan, "How is it that you are always so happy, you have
so much energy, and you never seem to get down?" With her eyes smiling,
Susan said, "I know the secret!"
"What secret is that?" "What are you talking about?" Vicki asked.
Susan replied, "I'll tell you all about it, but you have to promise to share
the secret with others." Vicki agreed, "Okay, now what is it?"
"The secret is this: I have learned there is little I can do in my life that
will make me truly happy. I must depend on God to make me happy and meet my
needs. When a need arises in my life, I have to trust God to supply
according to His riches. I have learned most of the time I don't need half
of what I think I do. He has never let me down."
Vicki's first thought was, That's too simple! But upon reflecting over her
own life she recalled how she thought a bigger house would make her happy,
but it didn't! She thought a better paying job would make her happy, but it
hadn't. When did she realize her greatest happiness? Sitting on the floor
with her grandchildren, playing games, eating pizza or reading a story, a
simple gift from God.
Susan knew the secret, Vicki learned the secret, and now you know it too!
We can't depend on people to make us happy. Only God with His infinite wisdom will
take care of you!